Friday, 31 May 2013

Fragrance Friday: Carven Le Parfum


I have to admit, I’m rather fickle when it comes to perfumes. I currently have about 15 bottles on the go and switch daily. I do tend to have a ‘type’ though… fruity, sweet and sometimes embarrassingly unsophisticated. Which is why the fragrance I want to tell you about today really took me by surprise.
It’s Carven’s new ‘Le Parfum’. It’s a clean-cut scent, in a clean-cut bottle, from an uber-sophisticated brand. It’s everything I normally don’t like in a fragrance: floral, fresh, even slightly soapy… but surprisingly… 

I love it.

It’s one of those scents that you can’t stop smelling when you’re wearing it. Feminine and ethereal are words that come into mind when thinking about this scent. 
The almost exclusively floral notes of mandarin blossom, white hyacinth, apricot, sweet pea, jasmine, ylang-ylang, patchouli, sandalwood and osmanthus somehow combine to create a totally non-sickly scent that is utterly sophisticated yet instantly likeable. It’s a close contender for my wedding fragrance.
Carven’s ‘Le Parfum’ is available now, exclusively from Harrods and Harrods.com, and nationwide from 5th June. Prices start at £38 for 30ml Eau de Parfum.

Have any of you smelt this already? Thoughts?
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  1. I love the look of the perfume and will have to give it a smell. I too usually go for sweet fruity scents but am trying to expand my collection!

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  2. I think I need to visit Harrods :) Thanks fleur for the post :)

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  3. this sounds like it smells really nice x
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  4. The little bottle is so cute! Sounds amazing!
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  5. i think i will have to give it a go when it is released nationwide :)

    Leyla xx
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  6. the bottle is so nice! I would love to smell it too x

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  7. can't wait to smell this, such a clean looking bottle too.
    x

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  8. I love the bottle so much, it sounds amazing, I am definitely going to go and smell it! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  9. This sounds like I would love it! The simple packaging is also lovely Xx

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  10. It's sounds really good! I love the scent with floral notes of mandarin blossom, white hyacinth, apricot, sweet pea, jasmine, ylang-ylang, patchouli, sandalwood and osmanthus. I totally love non-sickly scent.

    Thank you for this great post! :)

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  11. Looks so pretty! The scent sounds amazing

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  12. What else are you considering for your wedding scent?

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    xx

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  13. this sounds really nice, i normally go for the really sweet scents as well so this would be a nice change xxx
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  14. Ooh that sounds like a perfume that fits right in my alley! I love mandarin, sandalwood and fresh scents :) You should try Jill Sander's 'Style' sometime, it's so delicious! Used to switch perfumes just like you, not since I own 'Style'. Smells.so.freaking.good. Totally obsessed!

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  15. Going to sniff that when it is released.

    Thanks Fleur.

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  16. The packaging does look very sophisticated. I've not had a sniff of it though and Harrods is a bit of a trek for me! If I happen to be in London any time in the near future though, I will definitely go and have a look!

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  17. Haven't come across this but it seems like a nice fresh scent for summer!

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  18. I haven't heard of it before but it looks so cute and I especially love the soft, pastel colours. It looks really simple, I hope to check this out sometime

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  19. I love the packaging, Lovely post too!
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  20. I love perfumes and I don't think we can ever have enough. I've never been one scent type of girl although I think that's also cute because people think of you when they smell it elsewhere.

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  21. The blend of notes sounds lovely. I'll have to check this out.


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  22. Wow this perfume has everything I look for in a scent.
    Lovely simple packaging too.

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  23. Try to find it somewhere near me...maybe in summer,when I will be more "in-Europe" lol :) Will definitely check it out, thanx))

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  24. Sounds lovely! I too have rather immature taste in perfumes (think candy), so I'd be interested to give this a sniff. I've been loving the sunshine limited addition lola by marc jacobs actually... though it's only SLIGHTLY more sophisticated than my norm. :P

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  25. I really like this - the bottle is pretty too, I love the simplicity xo

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  26. Love the package and i'll be finding it somewhere near me! xx

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  27. hoping to purchase this soon!

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  28. This sounds pretty nice :) and the bottle is cute too haha. xo

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  29. It sounds like such a great mix of fragrances all together..very curious to try this now!
    Thanks for the review beautiful :)

    Ila x

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  30. I love this perfume too, it's just too lovely to put down! haha

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  31. Ugh Fleur, you've done it again! Another item to add to the Lust List ;) Lovely post!

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  32. That sounds like something that I would love. Can't wait to try it :D

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  33. I love the packaging, it's gorgeous! Not sure about the scent though, doesn't sound like my kind of fragrance as I love fresh/fruity ones. I'd have to smell it in person to see if I liked it.

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  34. I love the packaging of this but the scent doesn't sound like my cup of tea! :(

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  35. I really want to try this!

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    Meg x

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  36. looks like a great perfume!

    - Janine
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  37. I love the bottle! And it sounds lovely. I usually don't really have a "type", pretty much anything that smells good haha so I'll have to give this a smell
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  38. Will definitely be giving this a smell!

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  40. This sounds like a gorgeous perfume! I am really like you with fragrance, I love really sweet fragrances that are embarrassing hehe xxx


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  41. LOVE the chic bottle. Definitely going to give this a sniff.

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  42. I personally love the smell of Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Fresh!
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  43. haven't smelled this but it sounds lovely. I'm crazy for scents myself! if only I could afford several right now I just have a few special ones. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  44. Love the packaging! The smell sounds really fresh for summer :-)

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  45. The Packaging was very nice and unique.

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  46. I really like how the packaging is so simple but attractive, would really like to try this :)

    Chloe xo
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  47. heading to Jenners this weekend will give this a go !

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  48. Sounds great :) Love the bottle too xxx

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  50. Since you seem to have the same taste in perfume as me, when I picked up a new perfume (eau de toilette actually)today in Debenhams I had to tell you! It's a new range(to me, at least) by Ted Baker called Sweet Treats and they all had girls names, I picked up one called Polly which was lovely and sweet, reminded me of Ralph Lauren 'Hot' which I used to love before it was discontinued. There were a few other ones too, one called Vida which I really liked too which was a bit more fruity. Cute packaging too!
    Just thought I'd let you know in case you hadn't come across them! Love the blog and vlogs :) xx

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  51. Ooh I have to try this! The bottle is lovely and I adore floral scents xx

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  52. Definitely want to give this a whiff - love the bottle!

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  53. This sounds beautiful, looks beautiful and since I am down to the last drops of perfume in my collection (I've forced myself to use it all up before buying new ones) I might as well give this a go, since I love every single one of the other scents you like. :)

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